What to do after a car accident

It can be upsetting to be involved in any type of car accident in Kentucky. Even people who are involved in minor fender-benders often feel traumatized by the experience. If you are ever in one, it helps to know ahead of time what you should do.

Remain at the scene

Don’t ever panic and leave the scene of an accident. For one, there might be people that are hurt and need your help. The other reason not to leave the scene of a car accident is that it is illegal. You could be charged with a crime even if the accident was not your fault.

Get to safety

Although you should stay at the scene of a car accident you are involved in, you should never stay in the middle of the road. One of the first things you should do after an accident is get out of the path of traffic. If you’re able to, slowly drive your car out of the way. If you can’t do that, move carefully to get yourself over to the side of the road.

Make sure everyone is OK and dial 911

As soon as you can, you should check on the other people who were involved in the crash to make sure they are OK. Call 911 regardless. People often have more serious injuries than they think they do after car accidents. Victims should always get checked out by a medical professional.

Gather information for a claim

Car accidents can be expensive, so you will probably be looking to file a claim with your insurance provider or the at-fault driver’s insurance provider. If you’re not badly injured right after a car accident occurs, you can start gathering information and evidence that you can use in your claim. Some things you might need are names, insurance numbers and photos of the scene. You should also request a police report.


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